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Hi, I wanted to know if anyone here or if you know anyone that got accepted into CRNA school with a GPA of 3.2 or less?? I went to a counseling session for CRNA school and the counselor was kind of... Read More

  1. by   MuddaMia
    Quote from garfieldrn
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  2. by   bisson
    Quote from piper_for_hire
    bisson - sounds like you're talking about nursing schools, right? Things are a little different with anesthesia schools.
    actually i was talking about my experience. Of course crna program is different , but the principle still hold the same. if this is something that you are determined to do, you can't just go ahead and forgo teh effort because of one program, you at least have to try .

    yes you do have to know when to stop and re-priorotize, but you atleast should put in the effort to finish what you started.

    this is just my opinion, not written in stone for everyone to follow.
  3. by   endorphinrush
    Quote from piper_for_hire
    Do they want to see you every day for the next 2.5 years? Expect to talk a little about what you wrote in your persoal statement too. Hope that helps.

    -S
    LMAO at the do they want to see you everyday remark. I know what you mean but it sounds funny. I have 2 interviews in November and I'm starting to get nervous. It is all I think about. You know, I hate personal statements. I can pour my heart out in one and be sincere.....show the real inner "me" if you will. But thats on paper for someone I won't be looking at to read. I hate when they ask you to talk about it. I had to write a couple of essays to get into Samford Univ. BSN bridge a couple of years ago. I wrote honest and from the heart. Never figured anyone I would see would read it. Days later, I call Samford and an admissions clerk asked my name and says OH YEA! I LOVED your essay. I just hate it when that happens. But, if it gets me in the program.........:bowingpur
  4. by   davis02
    I had a GPA 0f 3.1 for my frist degree in Biology and when I went back to school 4 years later for my BSN. My gpa did not change much 3.18. This was because they combined my GPA for my BSN with the GPA I received for Biology. I did pretty well on my science class and and my GPA for my nursing classes was 3.4. I applied after one year of critical care experence and I was granted an interview for Nov. 27th. I believed that my job experences help off set my low gpa. I was a medic in the army and now I am currently working in the CCU at a Level III Trama hospital. I think you should appliy to at least 3 schools and see what happends. It's like they say those who try have a 50/50 chane of making it but those who do not will fail 100% of the time.
  5. by   SANDMAN_RN
    hey man,

    its like this.....Is this something that you really want to do? If you answered that emphatically YES, then don't give up.

    My GPA was not stellar. It was around 3.2 My GRE was 1040. My experience, reference and interview is what set me apart from the others. Determination, character and other qualities come in to play in the whole equation. The bell curve is equal. There are suttle things that set us all apart. Look good on paper, but be even better in person.

    My whole thing was like this, if I can get an interview then I am in. I am confindent in myself. Not cocky-confident. I was one of 100 applicants, One of 38 interviewed , and one of 12 accepted.

    My Point being this: Don't give up. I was hell bent on being an anesthetist and god willing in 24 more months I will. I got in with a decent GPA and ok GRE, Good Experience and GREAT references. I may not have the grades of a 4.0 undergrad. I had situations in life and some struggles, but you will not find anyone who will work harder than me to understand this material and succeed.

    You will find that you must harness the ability to manage time. Priority is a virtue as an anesthetist student. You will have more reading and more projects thrown on you than you can stand. Just when you think you can not read another page or do another powerpoint or paper......they add 3 more chapters, 2 more projects. Will it kill you? NO

    There are reasons why these programs are so hard to get in. Once you get in you will find out why. They must be good judges of people and ability. Things correlate to a certain degree (grades and ability) determination/drive is key.

    Do what you need to do to get the paper part situated. If you really want this...claim it dude. You really have to do a lot of sould searching before you embark on this career. You can hear a million times, " CRNA school is hard. It is the hardest thing you will ever do" That is true. It certainly is, but you can never appreciate what they are talking about until you actually walk through the fire yourself. Its ten time worse than they explained it to you. This is not meant to discourage you, but to motivate you to search your inner being.

    is this something you want to do? if so, be informed, be prepared!

    DD
  6. by   edcampbe
    I see that several of you were accepted to Anesthesia school (or at least granted an interview) with sub-3.3 GPAs. What kind of science GPA did you all have, and which courses were factored into your science GPA?

    Also, what is generally considered a "good" GPA? I know there is not a distinct cut-off; however, those of you who have experience with applying to Anesthesia schools might have a ball park idea.
  7. by   Belle12
    I think there are several things you can do to "Improve" the appearance of your application....
    1) Experience
    2) CCRN
    3) Become ACLS/BLS Instructor and other things to "beef up" your application
    4) Attend an Anesthesia conference
    5) Meet with the director of the school where you are applying
    6) Do some Clinical Shadows of a CRNA
    I have a strong GPA, yet a poor GRE score....These are the things I have done to "Make up" for my short comings...It's not a guarantee, but it makes you look ambitious, dedicated and motivated.
  8. by   piper_for_hire
    I would seriously consider applying *first* with the basic requirements before you start adding things like CCRN, ACLS instructor, etc. and then see what happens.

    -S

    Quote from Belle12
    I think there are several things you can do to "Improve" the appearance of your application....
    1) Experience
    2) CCRN
    3) Become ACLS/BLS Instructor and other things to "beef up" your application
    4) Attend an Anesthesia conference
    5) Meet with the director of the school where you are applying
    6) Do some Clinical Shadows of a CRNA
    I have a strong GPA, yet a poor GRE score....These are the things I have done to "Make up" for my short comings...It's not a guarantee, but it makes you look ambitious, dedicated and motivated.
  9. by   Brad_RN_Student_PA
    Ok so I've read the posts and I have some input, and some questions. I, too, hover around the 3.2 GPA area, but will someone please consider and interpret this: I am a consistent 92% student. I can study my ass off or not study at all, I am certain to get a 92% on an exam. I repeat, I am very consistent. 92 must be my lucky number. However, sometimes I do better than 92, and sometimes (rarely) I have a fluke, for example an 86%. So...I am an undergrad nurse who will graduate with approx. 3.2 GPA(associates degree, but have many other courses completed, blah blah...summary, I am Junior without an associate's degree!) that said, I have a qualm about the grading scale I am being held to...According to most colleges, a 92% is equivelant to an A-minus, at the very least a 3.5, right? An A is a 4.0, A minus is 3.5, and then there are minuses and pluses, etc. OKKKK, but as said before, I am always around a 92%, but yet I get a straight B. Which is equivelant to a 3.0. So with an 8 credit nursing course, that tends to drag a 3.5 down to a 3.0. Would this, and SHOULD this be considered upon application (granted BSN courses will be taken)? Or am i just complaining and making excuses? As I see it, at a major state university, my GPA would currently be a 3.4-ish compared to my current 3.145 status. NUTS! So my ultimate question is: Should I invest my time, energy, and money into CRNA school, or should I go to plan B and go for family practice nurse prac? I absolutely love nursing, but sometimes things aren't fair. Of course, all things considered, LIFE isn't fair either. Oh...another thing, I've found that if you don't ask, you won't recieve. Hopefully that helps someone...Thanks ya'll! --Brad
  10. by   betsylew
    Brad-
    I think it is pretty common for nursing programs to use that modified grading scale (where 92% and up is an A). I went to Arizona State University and we used that same scale. A lot of CRNA programs look at your science GPA in addition to your overall GPA, so you might consider retaking some of your science classes - possibly at a community college where a traditional grading scale is used. Also, I have read other posts on this forum by people who have gotten in to CRNA school with GPAs in the 3.2-3.3 range. So I say do your best to bring your GPA up during the rest of your nursing program, get great experience, and apply.
  11. by   endorphinrush
    Quote from piper_for_hire
    I would seriously consider applying *first* with the basic requirements before you start adding things like CCRN, ACLS instructor, etc. and then see what happens.

    -S
    I agree with Piper. Apply. The worst that can happen is you don't get an interview. The best........you get in. But make several applications if you are able to. I have a buddy that tried to get in at UAB, Samford, Erlanger, Bay Gooding and I forget where he applied up north but it was a "top 5" ranked CRNA school nationally. He made 75 on his MAT but his GPA was..... 3.2! His work experience was predominantly CVICU and Open Heart Recovery. I think he had about 4 years of work under his belt. He got alternate at Bay Gooding, alternate at UAB and acceptance at the school up north. He is about finished now. It won't hurt to "beef up" your application with other things but I wouldn't let that stop me from putting in the application first. Good luck with your pursuits.
  12. by   NICU_RN_CN
    My GPA overall was 3.3. Last 60 hours 3.65. Math and Science GPA was 3.8. GRE 940. MAT 68. After working in the ICU for 5 years, I applied for 2 years in a row to UAB and got interviews but did not get accepted. I applied to Gooding Institute at Bay Medical Center last year and was accepted. I really didn't think I would even get a interview from Gooding. I am so glad I got into this program. My class consist of 15 people. I am pushed to the max everyday. The reference letters and the interview are the biggest part of being accepted in my opinion.
    Another thought is what type of program you are applying to. I was intubating the first week of school. I am 3 months into the program and I know I have made a great career decision. All programs will prepare you for Certification equally.
    The biggest thing you need to do is retake classes you didn't do well in or take some graduate level classes if you feel that your GPA is not competitive.
    Keep up the effort and never give up it will show in the interview.
  13. by   endorphinrush
    NICU, that is awesome, congrats on Bay Gooding. I have always heard UAB was a bit political and that most people don't get in on the first try but maybe the second. When I worked PICU, my charge nurse had been an RN for many years. She applied 5x's before they let her in at UAB. I always thought it was b/c of the PICU experience as opposed to say, CVI or something else. Although we were level 1 trauma as well as having swanz etc all the time.

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